Pakistan says Chinese nationals abducted and murdered by ISIS were 'preachers' who abused visa system

Pakistani security officials inspect the area from where two Chinese nationals were abducted by unknown armed men, in Quetta, the provincial capital of restive Balochistan province, Pakistan, May 24, 2017.
Pakistani security officials inspect the area from where two Chinese nationals were abducted by unknown armed men, in Quetta, the provincial capital of restive Balochistan province, Pakistan, May 24, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two Chinese nationals abducted and killed in Pakistan last month, whose murders were claimed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), were preachers who abused the visa system, Pakistan said on Monday (June 12), contradicting earlier reports they were teachers.

The Pakistani interior ministry identified the two as Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26.

It said they were pretending to be learning the Urdu language from a Korean national but "were actually engaged in preaching".

It did not say what kind of preachers they were.

The two were abducted on May 24 in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province.